Polish Lowland Sheepdog Breed Profile

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KC Group Pastoral

Size Medium

Weight Dogs 18-20 kg, bitches 16-18kg.

Height Dogs 43-52 cm, bitches 40-46 cm.

Average lifespan 10-12 years.

Good with children? Yes

Good guard dogs? Would bark

Moulting level Low

Grooming Heavy

Exercise requirement Lots

Jogging partner Yes

Colours All colours except merle.

Polish Lowland Sheepdog Breed Profile

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The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a cobby, strong, muscular dog with a long, harsh, shaggy-textured outer coat over a soft undercoat. Polish Lowland Sheepdogs are lively and alert yet self-controlled.

History of the Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Polish Lowland Sheepdogs originated from Poland in the 1500's. They evolved from ancient herding dogs and this breed is thought to have contributed to the Scottish Bearded Collie and the Dutch Schapendoes. The ravages of World War II nearly led to the breed's extinction, but luckily a few Polish breeders managed to revive the breed and today they are more often than not family and companion dogs, and are often seen in the show ring.

Polish Lowland Sheepdog character

Polish Lowland Sheepdogs are animated, alert and watchful. They are lively yet self-controlled, very clever with excellent memories. This makes them easy to train but as they are so intelligent, they will not follow commands blindly and frequently make their own decisions! They are affectionate and loyal to family members and are very good with children and other dogs and pets. However, they can be wary with strangers and will certainly let you know when you have visitors.

Polish Lowland Sheepdog health

This breed is fairly resilient and has a low susceptibility to illness. They can survive on low quality diets and you should be careful not to give them too much protein in their diet, as it could lead to overheating and obesity. Some skin inflammations and allergic reactions have been reported. 

Polish Lowland Sheepdog care

A hardy breed, little special care is required beyond keeping their vaccinations and worming up to date.

Interesting fact: 

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog (known as Polski Owczarek Nizziny in his homeland) very nearly died out after the Second World War, but Polish vet Dr Danuta Hryniewicz scoured the country and found six bitches and two males of sufficient quality to re-establish the breed.

The story is that one of these surviving dogs, called Psyche, could predict when bombs were going to drop on Warsaw, giving people time to take cover in shelters. The Polish Lowland didn’t appear in the UK until 1985, and while they are still a numerically small breed, they have a loyal following who protect the breed fiercely.

Remember! All breed profiles are general and every dog is an individual.